Total loan: $2,400

Fatu's Female Farmers Group

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Makumbu village, , Sierra Leone / Agriculture

Fatu's Female Farmers Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to pay for improved seed, organic inputs, and tractor rental, which will allow these farmers to escape subsistence by farming a larger area with a higher yield.

Fatu's Female Farmers Group's story

Fatu (first on left), the featured borrower of Fatu's Female Farmers, is a 55-year-old mother of seven from Makumbu Village. As a strong leader in the community, she regularly organizes women's activities and helps young female farmers.

Fatu is a seasoned farmer who lost her business during the Ebola crisis, as well as several extended family members. She refuses to give up, despite losing a lifetime of work. She has organized a large group of other women who similarly had prospered before the crisis, then lost everything, but now will not give up.

All members are currently trapped in a cycle of subsistence and take extremely high-interest loans for poor quality inputs during planting time. A no-interest Kiva loan will therefore enable this group of determined women to get back on their feet and back in business.